Newbill Named To BTN.com’s Midseason All-Conference Team
The NCAA’s sixth-leading scorer and Penn State’s all-everything point guard, D.J. Newbill, was named to BTN.com’s midseason all-conference team.
Newbill joins preseason All-American and Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky, Ohio State freshman star D’Angelo Russel, Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, and Michigan State’s Branden Dawson. Kaminsky, who’s averaging 17.6 points and 8.3 rebounds an outing for the conference leading Badgers, took home unanimous midseason top player honors. His coach, Bo Ryan, was named the top at his job in the conference.
Newbill, a senior in his third season with Penn State, leads the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game. On Saturday at Illinois, he became the Nittany Lions’ fifth all-time leading scorer.
After attending various elite skills camps this summer, including one hosted by LeBron James, Newbill has torched his competition in play this season, including a game-winning buzzer-beater against Cornell and a career-high 37 points in a losing effort to Purdue.
Newbill has demonstrated an ability to score the ball in a flurry of ways this season: splitting entire defenses, pulling up at the foul line, a refined three-point shot, and a gritty competence to finish at the rim. Some highlights:
Two weeks ago, Newbill was nominated for the Senior CLASS Award, given to a student-athlete who excels both on and off the court.
Unfortunately for Newbill, a 2-7 start in conference play has sunk his team’s NCAA tournament chances, and Penn State looks destined for an NIT or CBI birth.